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The Cruelest of All Mothers: Marie de l'Incarnation, Motherhood, and Christian Tradition

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The Cruelest of All Mothers: Marie de l'Incarnation, Motherhood, and Christian Tradition

Mary Dunn


In 1631, Marie Guyart (later, Marie de l’Incarnation) stepped over the threshold of the Ursuline convent in Tours, into the cloister and out of the world, leaving behind the family business, her aging father and—what jars the modern reader—her eleven-year-old son. The Cruelest of All Mothers examines Marie’s confounding decision to abandon the young Claude, situating the event within the contexts of ... Read more

 

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